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The True Story of the Battle of Talikota

Gunpowder, Innovation, and Family Politics in Early Modern India

The Battle of Talikota is one of the most important events of the 16th-century world. It’s often stereotyped as a clash between the Hindu empire of Vijayanagara and the Muslim Sultanates of the Deccan, and Vijayanagara’s defeat – and the subsequent sacking of the great city - is often seen as a result of the incompatibility of Hinduism and Islam. Here's the real story of what happened, based on evidence from literature and archaeology.

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